Pine River hires new school administrators

LEROY — Peter Thompson and Jaime Heuker have joined the Pine River Area School District following a board of education meeting that took place on July 2.

Hiring the pair to fill the positions of middle/high school assistant principal and elementary school principal was approved unanimously by the board after reviewing several applications and conducting interviews.

PRAS Superintendent Matt Lukshaitis said the district received more than 20 applications and interviewed seven candidates for both positions. Both Heuker and Thompson reside in Cadillac.

“Jaime stood out from the crowd. The interview process with her was truly a wonderful experience,” Lukshaitis said. “Peter also did an outstanding job and stood out. We’re pretty excited to have them on board.”

The pair, both from Cadillac, are thrilled to beginning their positions.

“I’m very excited,” Heuker said. “I think this will be a great learning experience for me and I look forward to working with the staff members, students and the community.”

Thompson agreed.

“I’m enthusiastic and looking forward to the opportunity,” he said. “I like that I will be able to impact not only the kids who walk through the door, but the staff, too. I want to help with the teachers’ experience in education in a positive way, learn how Pine River operates and make as much of a positive impact as I can.”

Thompson received his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and his master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. He spent five years teaching in North Carolina and one year in Lake City before joining PRAS.

Heuker’s career in education began 12 years ago, holding various positions including an elementary school teacher, interim principal and Title 1 math specialist. She has family members in the area and relatives who also have attended the school district.

Both want to further the goals of the district.

“My goal at Pine River Area Elementary School is to make it the best it can be and create an environment where everyone wants to be there,” Heuker said.